Friday, May 13, 2011

SUMMER SUMMER SUNBURN BUMMER: MY 6 Best Sunscreens To Protect You This Summer


Summer is around the corner and the suns ray are already out and strong. I love sunshine on my face and skin, I am one person that is completely happy and calm laying in the sun it just makes me feel better, but as we all know The sun is bad, bad for you, My doctor is like,  "wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun Myke,"  So I do, I stay pasty white all year long, with the occasional Mystic Spray tan here and there. It's a shame that myself being of Italian Origins is such a lilly white boy, but what can you do? right. So long story short, it seems that I know have a Vitamin D Deficiency. So I go from Being told to stay clear of the sun, Skin cancer and all , to if I don't take supplements I can end up on One a day Bovina? rats!

Ouch Kim you should know better!
So I'm here today to introduce you to some amazing sunblocks, I have and or still use many of these and a few i swear by and will continue to use till I no longer need it. I hope this helps you in your summer adventures!

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 35 PA+++

The three pluses indicate high UVA protection; it also provides antioxidants.
I love this product, It's very smooth and wears under makeup  really well.



Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 60

This often recommended dermatologist brand now comes in an even lighter form ideal for oily and combination skin. I adore this company they make the best skin products to help protect your skin, I was introduced to this from actress Nina Siemaszko, who has very alabaster skin, she said try this and it was a marriage made for ever!
Breakthrough Technology
New Anthelios 60 with Cell-Ox Shield™: a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level*.
Recommended For All Skin Types
Product Information
WINNER New Beauty Winter/Spring 2011 Anthelios Best Overall Sunscreen line
WINNER Health 2010 Healthy Beauty Awards: Sunscreen category 

This ultra light, fast absorbing sunscreen fluid provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield™, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level*. For use outdoors and at the beach.

The advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 60 is a unique association of photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer-lasting^ protection, with advanced efficiency against UVA rays. Anthelios 60 also uses a powerful anti-oxidant complex called Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells*

Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110

*** my second choice for when I am working! amazing and perfect for all skin types
More than just sunburn protection, Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110 with Helioplex®delivers superior anti-aging protection.  $11.99 at local drugstore everywhere

This sheer formula helps combat sun-induced free-radical damage that can accelerate the signs of aging. Skin conditioners hydrate and replenish skin as the lightweight lotion absorbs quickly for a fresh, non-greasy feel, protecting your face and helping to maintain a youthful appearance every time you wear it. 

  • Helioplex®
  • Oil-free
  • Waterproof, sweatproof

Shady Day Daily SPF 30 Wipes

Broad-spectrum protection for the face and body in a quick and convenient delivery system—perfect  to use on squirmy kids. These are new to me and love to use them when I get my hands on then, Prefect for tossing into a set bag on the run.

To buy: $14,

Origins A Perfect World SPF 35 UV Face Protector 

Antioxidant-rich white tea, combined with vitamins C and E, helps protect against wrinkles and smooths the complexion; avobenzone absorbs UVA rays.

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+ 
offers the highest combined UVA/UVB protection. SPF measures UVB burning rays* , while PFA measures skin-aging UVA rays.  Again I love all Neutragena skin products. available worldwide

So with that all said and done, i wanted  to give you guys some tips, preparation's and home remedies you can do to help ease that summer sunburn that you know your going to  end up with anyway.Check out below, I think you will find something to your likeing for various need. 

Four-Step Summer Skin Routine

1. Cleanse in the a.m and p.m. If your face is greasy in the summertime (even if it’s normally considered dry), try a less hydrating cleanser than you normally use—like a bar soap—which will help control the extra sebum your skin is producing.

2. Apply your antioxidants. The sun’s rays can induce damaging free radicals, resulting in fine lines, sagging, and brown spots. “Using a serum with antioxidants under your moisturizer, preferably one with SPF, can help absorb some of these free radicals,” says David E. Bank, a dermatologist and the director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, in Mount Kisco, New York. Some of the most effective antioxidants include vitamin C, Idebenone, and green tea. Try Prevage Clarity Targeted Skin Tone Corrector with Idebenone ($125,

3. Moisturize. “Don’t stop using a face moisturizer during the summer, even if your skin is oily,” says Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist in New York City. The hydrating ingredients (including water) in face creams help keep skin cells functioning properly. But if your skin feels slick, switch to an oil-free formula or moisturize only after cleansing at night.

4. Use a lot of sunscreen. Unless your moisturizer has broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 15 (see What to Look for in a Sunscreen), you’ll have to wear a separate sunscreen on top. Apply it often (every couple of hours), and reapply after sweating or swimming, says David J. Leffell, a professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. A shot glass–size amount (one ounce) should cover your whole body; a tablespoon will protect your face and neck. Think of sunscreen as the most important tool in your summer skin arsenal. We like the seven picks for your face and body that follow.


  1. 1
    Use the succulent aloe vera plant. Cut it down the length of the leaf and open it, revealing the inner portion of it. Rub the clear gelatinous part, over the burned area. Repeat as often as you like. This is better than most aloe vera treatments that you can purchase, because it's clear and you know what's in it. Use very mild lotion before bed at night to help keep the skin moisturized.
  2. 2
    Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that will not irritate the affected areas. Other materials, especially man-made ones like polyester, can rub very harshly against the skin and make a burn feel much worse. If it is summer vacation and you are able to stay at home, do so, and wear as little clothing as possible to keep it from hurting your skin. Try putting a soft cotton blanket over the couch or bed to keep your skin from rubbing against upholstery.
  3. 3
    Use an anti-inflammatory agent like ibuprofen if you have a headache, slight fever or chills.
  4. 4
    Noxema facial cleanser, sold in blue tubs, is extremely effective at removing the heat and the sting from a bad sunburn. Rub as much as possible onto the burned skin. Do not wash off; allow to soak in. Reapply as often as possible.
  5. 5
    Use a cool, damp cloth with skim milk and rest it on the spots where you are burned. The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film that helps ease the ensuing discomfort.
  6. 6
    Drink water, juice or sports drinks to replace body fluids. When you have a sunburn, you get dehydrated easily.
  7. 7
    Bathe with tepid water and avoid soap on the affected area, which can cause irritation. Sometimes a cool or luke warm shower can take away the pain and itchiness.
  8. 8
    You can also try taking a bath with green tea. The tannin in the tea draws out some of the pain and can soothe the redness.
  9. 9
    If your burn is extremely painful, a spray from most drugstore/chemists with lidocane (a topical anesthetic) will help it be bearable until it heals.
  10. 10
    You can make a paste from baking soda and a little bit of water and put it on the sun burnt area. Remove when it s completely dry and starts to flake. May help cool down skin.
  11. 11
    Stay out of the sun until the burn fades.
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    Above all, the next time you are in the sun, wear sunscreen!

Apricot Method

  1. Peel and mash 3-4 apricots.
  2. Apply the mix on your burn and leave on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water.
  4. Once the skin is red and irritated, you can be sure that the skin has suffered damage. There are no ways to cure sunburn, but you can apply some remedies as a sunburn relief or prevention of one.
  5. Take a long shower adjusting the water to almost cool temperature. Once you are done taking a shower, gently tap it to absorb the water, do not rub it as this will increase the irritation.

Vinegar Method

  1. Use a clean spray bottle and fill it up with ordinary every day vinegar. The smell almost totally vanishes from your skin after about an hour. Spread a towel on the floor/carpet and move any unnecessary objects you don't want sprayed out of the way. (For arm spraying try standing on the towel and lean over the sink).
    • Spray the vinegar on your sunburned parts only. Let it drip and dry. Do not rub!
    • If severely burned spray lightly again on sunburned area after a few minutes. You may pat vinegar after about 5 minutes if still dripping. Usually, the vinegar is dry by 5 minutes or less. After vinegar is dry, you can get dressed.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes which are not tight or covering sunburned area(s) if possible. The sunburn needs to be exposed to air and not covered.
  3. If you don't have a spray bottle, be careful and pour a little vinegar the cloth and pat it where sunburned.

  • If the burn is very recent (still red and not peeling), use a tomato. Tomato juice is acidic but it doesn't hurt and helps the redness.
  • Apply a cold wet teabag to the afflicted area; put some warm water in a small bowl and put a teabag in it, then shake the teabag off and dab on. The moisture slowly evaporates off the skin cooling it, and the tea soothes the skin helps bring out the tan (wash the brown tincture off afterward).
  • Calendula ointment is also a very effective treatment, especially good for severe burns with blistering. You can find it at a naturopathic store.
  • Apply witch hazel lotion, a good aloe alternative.
  • Unless you have abrasions on the burned skin, try vinegar. Mix 50-50 with cool water, soak towels in the solution and drape over the burns.
  • When you have a bath, add ½ a cup of baking soda or some oatmeal to it. This will help to reduce the swelling.
  • Try aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn. It may help ease the sting.
  • you can also put burn gel on it also with unkers and it will take the itch and hot burn away and as quick as possible.


yikes ! i bet that friggen hurst!
  • Do not pick, poke, scratch or peel your sunburn. This will cause even more irritation. By picking off the layer of sunburn, you will not uncover a tan, nor will you make the "peeling" process go faster. Let it heal itself!
  • The first shower you take after getting the burn, rinse the area with warm, not hot, water. This opens the pores and releases the trapped heat in your skin. Keep the area cool afterwards.
  • It's a good idea to purchase a waterproof sunscreen and apply it liberally whether you think you'll be going in the water or not. This is to assure you're prepared for those "just in case" situations like a spontaneous dip in the pool or the jokester who thinks its funny to saturate the beach side observer.
  • Avoid wool or synthetics with sun-burn. You'll be most comfortable with no or loose clothing on the affected area.
  • Aloe Vera Gel is often effective, and feels especially soothing when previously cooled in a refrigerator. However, an Aloe Vera plant when split open and rubbed on the burn is more effective than gels.
  • When resting a cool damp cloth on your burns, keep it there for 20 minutes.
  • If you have a terrible sunburn and Aloe Vera doesn't seem to soothe it much, then try using Calamine lotion.
  • If you have open blisters on your burns, the best thing for it is to apply Bacitracin, 2 times a day. This will help with the healing and to reduce the chance in getting an infection.
  • When you have sunburn, a shower may make the burn sting. Until the burn gets better, it's best to stick with a bath.
  • If you don't know what else to do have a cool shower which can bring down the heat on your burn.
  • Do not let your friends touch or slap your sunburn. Although they might find it funny that they can leave a hand print on your skin, it will end up hurting really bad.
  • no whining! Whining while just make you think of it. try to ignore the pain.


  • While sunburn is linked to melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer), regular sun exposure that doesn't result in burning still causes skin damage and increases your risk of other types of skin cancer.
  • It is possible, though rare, to have third-degree burns from the sun. If you suspect this might have happened, see a doctor immediately.
  • Because sunburns aren't the only problems the sun can cause, you should also check for symptoms of heat exhaustion.
  • Pay close attention to any medications (including herbal remedies and essential oils) for many of them have side-effects which include increased sun sensitivity.
  • Do not take a hot shower when you have a sunburn, for your sake.
  • Avoid using any creams or sprays with Benzocaine on your burns. The Benzocaine may irritate your skin, therefore you will become itchy.
  • When you have a sunburn, you shouldn't use Vaseline (petroleum jelly). This product holds in the heat, thus increasing the pain for you.
  • Do not break the skin or peel the dead skin off. This will cause more pain for you.
  • Just because you have a sunburn doesn't mean that you can't get an even worse burn. So, while you have it, the smartest thing to do would be to not go out in the sun. Going out in the sun will also make the burn hurt more.
  • Do not put ice on a sun burn. A good majority of people think it helps but applying ice to a sun burn is just like getting an "ice burn" which can be almost as painful as sunburn besides it only cools down the areas AROUND the burn.
  • Be careful of applying vinegar to open cuts or to areas that have been recently shaved. Vinegar will "burn" if applied to these areas.

If your skin begins to peel afterward —a natural part of the healing process—use a non-greasy moisturizer to soothe the area. Do not cover up the peeling section with a self- tanning lotion, because it will stick to the peeling skin and make it look worse.
Using olive oil on the sunburn keeps it moisturized and usually prevents your skin from peeling. rub on the burn till it is nice and moist.Don't try washing it off right after or it wont work. Wait a couple of hours till it doesn't feel as oily to take a bath or shower.Try using it after your bath when you are nice and dry.
Usually, sunburn does not require a doctor’s care. However, if you are running a fever, see a doctor, as that would indicate possible heatstroke. Here's a tip never put ice on your skin, people think it helps but it really doesn't. Its just like getting a ice burn. OUCHY!


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